Jailed Malaysian opposition leader to be freed, granted full pardon on Tuesday


Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will receive a full royal pardon and be released from prison on Tuesday, his daughter Nurul Izzah told Channel NewsAsia on Saturday (May 12).

Outside the hospital, Dr Wan Azizah said that Anwar was in a jubilant mood. Mahathir previously said he would likely remain prime minister for two to three years, before transferring power to Anwar.

Reporters and Anwar supporters gathered outside a hospital in Kuala Lumpur where he is recovering from a shoulder surgery. He said he doesn't want a "huge" cabinet, in a veiled reference to past cabinets with more than 30 ministers.

"We will go through the proper process of obtaining a pardon for Anwar.it is going to be a full pardon, which of course, means he is not only pardoned but to be released immediately", he told a news conference.

Before the election, Mahathir had said he would step down and give the prime minister's post to Anwar when he is pardoned.

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However, speculation has been rife that he could be freed earlier after Mahathir disclosed that the Yang di-Pertuang Agong Sultan Muhammad V indicated he was willing to pardon Anwar earlier.

Syahredzan noted that Article 43 (2) of the Federal Constitution provides that the King shall first appoint a prime minister from the membership of the Dewan Rakyat who, in his judgment, is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House.

However, Anwar will have to win a by-election or be elected senator in order for him to take over as prime minister.

Anwar was jailed on sodomy charges for the second time.

It was a remarkable comeback for Mahathir, who was premier for 22 years until his retirement in 2003 and is now the world's oldest leader at 92. He was tried in 2010 and 2011 and was acquitted in January 2012.